First of all, are we still using the word homies? You see I have a confession to make, I am not hip. In fact, I am closer to needing a new hip than being hip. My name is Dennis Gillan and I am a 53 year old Caucasian who never heard of Kid Cudi until last week and now I want to shake that young man’s hand for bringing the topic of mental health to the forefront. I’m not talking one of those handout, bodies apart handshakes. I’m doing the full brother on brother handshake that includes the half hug and I am not letting go until he does.
Quick backgrounder for square old farts like me, Kid Cudi is a rapper and apparently he is pretty darn good at it. A quick check of his Twitter feed shows that he has 1.54 MILLION followers, move the decimal over some to get to my grand total of 149 followers. Kid Cudi was born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi on January 30, 1984 in Cleveland and he is a certified star. If you need to know more about this cat go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid_Cudi Now I am fairly certain that I am not in his core demographic group and I cannot sing/rap any of his tunes, but when he is better I want to meet him for real. Why you ask? Because Scott Mescudi had the balls to put this post on his Facebook page:
Now as a mental health advocate I disagree with him feeling ashamed, but who the hell am I? Well since you asked I am a guy who buried two brothers to suicide, so you can now see why I admire Kid Cudi for “Manning Up” and going to get help. Don’t believe me—go here: www.dennisgillan.com and that’s right I wrote “Manning Up”! It takes a real man to admit he is vulnerable and in our own vulnerability is where we find our strength. I now speak professionally on my journey towards recovery after the loss of my two brothers and after every talk, really brave people stick around and tell me about their struggles with depression and suicidal ideation. Really brave people talk about it because they know that a shared joy is a double joy and a shared sorrow is half a sorrow. When you share your sorrow you become real. When you become real, you feel everything—the good and the bad. When you hide and are fake you feel nothing. Sorry but you are dumb and numb and the world is full of people like this. Embrace your vulnerability and come alive. Need scientific proof—listen to this woman on the TED stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o It’s worth the 20 minutes.